Concussion type brain injuries is one of the leading causes of death and disability in children and adolescents between the ages from newborn up to four years of age, and from fifteen to nineteen. Concussion injuries are usually temporary if mild or moderate, and the child may recover completely from the effects within a few days but, however, multiple head injuries no matter how mild, can lead to lasting health related problems making a full recovery problematic, and can lead eventually to brain damage and long lasting disabilities. If your child receives a head injury, no matter how slight it may appear, there should be some concern. A healthcare provider should examine the child as soon as possible to make sure that the injury is not more serious that you may suspect.
Be Vigilant of Adolescent Contact Sports and Children Playground Head Injuries
A major contributor to brain injuries in adolescents appears to be contact sports, i.e., football, soccer, etc. Studies also show that one of the main contributors to brain injury in young children up to four years of age, is playground accidents and injuries. Who would have thought that playground monkey bars and swings would be a dangerous instrumentality for our children? We all remember playing on the monkey bars, it is as American as apple pie, but it is now presenting a health issue for our children. While these incidents may usually be mild, any concussion should not be taken lightly.
The brain of the small child is still developing. If injured at an early age, such injuries can have far reaching implications for the child and the child’s family in the future. The child’s development may be hindered or stopped from advancing all together. Some injury accidents are preventable, such as falls causing bumps and bruises to the head. With child supervision, a parent may be able to rescue a child in danger of being injured before it happens. In other types of brain injuries, those accidents that cannot be easily prevented such as auto accidents, the parent must do all they can do to help the child in the treatment and healing process.
Are Playground Concussion Injuries on the Rise?
There must be adult supervision of children up to a certain age, in playgrounds everywhere, whether public playgrounds or those jungle gyms you have constructed in your backyard for your children’s enjoyment.
Playground maintenance should be a requirement before you allow your child to participate at any public playground facility. A New York City study found that inner city; low income neighborhood public playgrounds tend to be more hazardous than playgrounds in more affluent neighborhoods due to poor maintenance of the playground equipment. Injuries to children also occur while using private at home playground equipment mainly due to poor supervision. Both incidents require parental involvement.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention made a study regarding playground incidents and accidents to children under age fourteen who were treated for their injuries in emergency rooms across the nation. According to this study, an average percentage of playground related injuries are fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations and amputations. There are, however, a higher percentage of nonfatal injuries in public playgrounds either at school or in daycares. Accident will happen, but equipment maintenance and child monitoring will go a long way to reducing the amount of these injuries.
Protecting our children from injuries is every parent’s concern, whether it is contact sports injuries and accidents, or accidents in playgrounds. If your child has been injured in an incident at the playground, and you need to consult with an attorney experienced in this area, please call the law offices of Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free consultation.